For today’s prompt, write an “are we there yet” poem. As someone who just survived a road trip with the whole family, that question comes up often (especially with the 4-year-old). But this question can be asked and maybe even answered on a range of topics unrelated to travel. And, yes, it’s okay to rephrase the question from “ARE WE there yet” to “AM I there yet”–or even “IS HE there yet” or “IS SHE there yet.”
Time to poem: Are you there yet?
Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!
In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.
Here’s my attempt at an Are We There Yet poem:
we waited in the summer’s heat
to board the giant viking ship
that swings to & fro on each trip
& lo i’ve always kept my feet
planted firmly on solid earth
but today chose to take a chance
falling for this amused romance
& to know what this ride is worth
a few swings in i was alright
thinking of days on the playground
but then one more forth before back
nearly gave me a heart attack
& with each swing my fear was found
turning itself into pure fright
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He spent 37 years of his life not riding the Viking Fury at King’s Island…until this weekend. He’ll be happy to go another 37 (or more) without riding it again. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
Find more poetic posts here:
- Michael Dylan Welch: Poet Interview.
- Boston Review: Monday Market Spotlight.
- Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 340.